Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Whole Peanuts Salmonella

Whole Peanuts Salmonella, The peanut butter recall that swept the nation starting last month has expanded to include whole peanuts - raw, roasted and the likes - after they were linked to possible salmonella contamination.

Raw and roasted peanuts made by Sunland, Inc. are now included in the nationwide nut and peanut butter recall and the company announced on Oct. 12 that both in-shell and shelled peanuts should not be eaten, should be thrown away or returned for a refund, according to CBS News.
A press release by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stated the expansion of the voluntary recall is because the products "have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella."

The peanuts recalled were processed in Sunland's Peanut Processing Plant in Portales, New Mexico. The peanut butter and other nut butter products initially recalled last month are produced in a separate processing building.

If present in food, salmonella does not usually affect the taste, smell or appearance of the item, according to the Food Safety and Inspection Service. They defined salmonella as "microscopic living creatures that pass from the feces of people or animals to other people or other animals."
It can cause severe diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within 8 to 72 hours after the infected food was eaten. Additional symptoms can include headache, nausea and vomiting, according to the FSIS.

It usually disappears within four to seven days but is especially dangerous and life-threatening for young children, pregnant women and their babies, older adults and anyone with a weak immune system.

The Sunland produced peanut butter and nut items recalled in September were linked to 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 states, the press release stated.

The Trader Joe's brand Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, which Sunland manufactures, was one of the first to be recalled in September, and major retailers followed suit. The recall included some nut butters and nut products sold at Whole Foods Market, Target, Safeway, Fresh & Easy, Harry and David, Sprouts, Heinen's, Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, Giant Food of Landover, Md., and other stores, ABC News reported.
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